Bulls’ Rose vows to play after sore neck sidelines him from shootaround

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose at the United Center in Chicago earlier this month (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)

By K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporter

Derrick Rose sat out Thursday morning’s shootaround with a sore neck but vowed to play in the Chicago Bulls’ home opener against the New York Knicks.

“Oh hell yeah, for sure I know I’m going to play,” said Rose, disputing coach Tom Thibodeau’s claim that he was a game-time decision. “It’s just that I have to get loose.”

Rose said he isn’t sure when he suffered the soreness but speculated it occurred during the Bulls’ season opener Tuesday in Miami. Rose said the soreness didn’t develop until later.

Rose revealed he sat out Wednesday’s practice at the Berto Center, which just consisted of film, walk-through and individual shooting. Coach Tom Thibodeau said everybody was “fine” when asked about the team’s health after Wednesday’s practice.

Rose shot after practice Wednesday and said he has been getting treatment throughout.

“It’s just the playing again,” Rose said. “I never play pickup in the offseason. For me to have surgery and still not play pickup, all this my body is just getting used to. For me, all I can do is work my butt off every day and get the most out of every day and just see how far it takes me.”

Both Rose and Thibodeau emphasized that Rose’s surgically repaired left knee is fine.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Rose said of his latest soreness. “But I can’t get mad about it, can’t get sad about it. I know I’m doing all the things to get back on the court as quick as possible and working my butt off.”

Rose said he expects other teams to emulate the Heat’s aggressive trapping style against him defensively.

“Oh yeah for sure,” Rose said. “They’re not even letting me get a chance to attack the big like I wanted to. They were jumping out way before I got to the screen. Just trying to make the game simple. Find Joakim (Noah) or Taj (Gibson) or whoever it is in the middle and they have to make plays from there.”

Rose shot 4-for-15 versus the Heat.

“I think my shots were on,” Rose said. “It’s just that I missed shots. For me, I know I have had worse shooting nights than that in my career. I know I’m going to have a game where my confidence is totally high and it’s going to be scary.”


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